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House Democrats expand 2010 campaign team

In preparation for the fall elections, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has chosen Robby Mook to run its vast independent expenditure operation.

Mook, who came to prominence for his work on behalf of Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, will leave his post as political director of the DCCC to take over the independent operation -- the vehicle through which the tens of millions raised by the committee will be spent on television ads. The DCCC ended March with $26 million in the bank.

Prior to joining the DCCC, Mook managed Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's successful 2008 campaign in New Hampshire. Earlier in the year, he did work in Nevada, Ohio and Indiana for Clinton.

Replacing Mook as DCCC political director will be Jennifer Pihlaja who is currently the head of incumbent retention at the committee. John Lapp, who served as executive director of the DCCC during the 2006 election that saw Democrats retake control of the House, will serve as a senior adviser to the independent expenditure operation.

"As one of the principal architects of Democrats' winning the majority in 2006, few people are as invested in House Democrats' political success as John Lapp," said DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.). Lapp is currently a media consultant.

The independent expenditure operations for the four campaign committee have grown increasingly central to the battle for House -- and Senate -- control in recent cycles. The IE (as its known by party insiders) can have no contact with either the DCCC or individual campaigns -- a firewall that is designed to prevent coordination.

Last month, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee named Brian Smoot, a former DCCC staffer, to run its independent expenditure operation.

The National Republican Congressional Committee chose Mike Shields, a former chief of staff to run its independent expenditure arm. The National Republican Senatorial Committee has not yet chosen the person to head their independent expenditure operation.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 2, 2010; 8:22 PM ET
Categories:  House  | Tags: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, National Republican Congressional Committee, National Republican Senatorial Committee  
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Posted by: budswisr1 | May 9, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Chris, this is important.
I could not find this out anywhere else.

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Researching the names...

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